Friday, January 20, 2017
Can I kick it?
Joey is from Denver, Colorado, but also grew up in Seattle, Washington. Real was his first sponsor and rode for them up until 1996 when he switched to Planet Earth. He had a part in Silver. His switch game was on point. He works as a golf pro these days.
I got Welcome's Fetish video yesterday. They have great customer service because I ordered it on Monday and it showed up in the mail on Thursday. In these hectic times, it's nice to have another feel good thing to watch. Fetish features a bunch of synth pop and full parts from the whole team. There's a lot of early grabs and late shove-its, too. Ryan Lay, Will Blaty, Nora Vasconcellos, Jason Salillas, and Daniel Vargas have strong sections. Ryan and Daniel are doing some serious shredding.
It's going to be warmer this weekend with a slight chance of rain. It feels like skateboarding will be possible with a little careful planning and paying attention to the forecast.
A look at Rhythm for next week.
Dave Swift took the photo.
Transworld - November 1996 Volume 14 Number 11
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Life of Leisure.
Kenny is another Planet Earth rider from Las Vegas, Nevada. His brother Kyle was also in the ranks of sponsored skateboarders. Kenny turned pro for PE and stayed with the team until the end. He then joined the Crailtap crew and is still sponsored by Chocolate. Converse were his shoes of choice and Kenny was on the company during their first go-round with skateboarding in the mid to late 1990s. Later, he rocked Adio until that brand ended and he wound up on Converse round two when they got the band back together. Everything he does is so smooth and stylish.
Transworld - April 1995 Volume 13 Number 4
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
This or that.
Rick is from Las Vegas, Nevada. He was first sponsored by and turned pro for Blockhead. As Blockhead was coming to an end, he switched over to Planet Earth. Rick had video parts in 1995's Hiatus and 1996's Silver. His skateboarding featured a lot of tech and switch tricks set to tunes by either Black Sheep or A Tribe Called Quest.
That's Matt Schnurr chilling in the background.
The photo is by Steve Sherman.
Transworld - May 1994 Volume 12 Number 5
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
I went with a through the years approach to Planet Earth week instead of using the ads I really liked the design of from 1995. I'm planning on doing another week of those ads later on in the year. Anyway, PE was big on video grab sequences that featured two team riders in 1993. It didn't always looks great. This one was shot on film so it turned out much better.
Felix has been around forever. He was sponsored by World Industries before Planet Earth. He would go on to ride for Rhythm, as he fit the company's fresh image for sure. In addition to street, Felix could bust out on a vert ramp as well. Brian was pro for G & S prior to riding for Planet Earth.
The Howard photo is by Chris Ortiz and Arguelles photo is by Sarah.
Transworld - March 1993 Volume 11 Number 3
Monday, January 16, 2017
The Third Planet.
Planet Earth was started in 1990 by Chris Miller after Schmitt Stix came to an end. He originally partnered with Tony Magnusson at H-Street before taking the operation solo. PE had a good run up until the early 2000s when they ceased production of decks to focus on clothing. A lot of guys were on the team over the years, including Brian Lotti, Felix Arguelles, Rick Jaramillo, Kenny Anderson, Brian Howard, and many more. There was also the sister company of Rhythm, which will be the focus of Vert Is Dead next week.
Mirko was pro. He wasn't on Planet Earth for as long as I thought he was. His ad appearances came to an end in 1993. He did get second behind Willy Santos at the 1993 pro contest at Radlands in Northampton, England. Tom Penny got third and probably should have won based on the clips from 411.
I managed to skateboard 221 times in 2016, although that last one was really cheap and barely counts. We started the year mild and then got snow. The weather is back to mild now so I've been able to get to the park a few times already.
The Miller sequence is by Grant Brittain. Maybe he also took the photo of Mirko.
Transworld - September 1992 Volume 10 Number 9
Friday, December 30, 2016
Tony tests out his new deck. The shape is a larger version of the skull board that everybody is familiar with and features somewhat re-imagined graphics. Around this time decks started to shift with an emphasis on longer noses. I find it interesting how wide the board is and how the tail is somewhat on the short side. It's almost too wide at 10.375".
A friend had this board. His was white with neon green griptape. I remember the board as being large with a deeper concave than what we were used to. It was somehow comfortable to ride, if I recall correctly. For how and what Tony was skating, this new design probably made a lot of sense. For a bunch of kids skating small launch ramps and slider bars, it probably wasn't the optimal board for our needs.
Powell had a similar ad with Lance Mountain that was shot from overhead from March of 1989.
Vert Is Dead is going on a winter break and will be back on Monday, January 16th.
Topics on the agenda for the new year include Planet Earth, Rhythm, and Cliché. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments. And if you need a daily fix of nostalgia, you can always browse the older content since this thing has been around for eight years with over 2,000 posts. Have a safe and happy holiday.
Transworld - June 1989 Volume 7 Number 3